Medical Rehabilitation Specialist

Rehab Wellness

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine & Medical Spa located in West Hollywood, CA & Westlake Village, CA

When you’ve sustained a serious injury or experienced a life-changing illness, medical rehabilitation can play a significant part in helping you recover. Katrina Babcock, DO, and her team at Rehab Wellness in West Hollywood and Thousand Oaks, California, have considerable experience supporting patients and creating personalized therapy programs to optimize your rehabilitation. Call Rehab Wellness today to find out more or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Medical Rehabilitation

What is medical rehabilitation?

Medical rehabilitation is a treatment program that aims to restore you to health following an illness or injury. It might not be possible to restore full function following a serious illness, so medical rehabilitation isn’t always a cure. However, it does help you regain the maximum potential use of your body.

Many serious health conditions require medical rehabilitation, including:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disease
  • Neurological problems
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injuries

If you need to undergo medical rehabilitation after experiencing a disabling health problem, Dr. Babcock and the team at Rehab Wellness have the skills to help you regain your health.

What does medical rehabilitation involve?

Medical rehabilitation can involve many different therapies, so each patient’s rehabilitation program is designed to meet their specific needs. Some of the treatments used by the team at Rehab Wellness include:

Stretching therapy

Stretching therapy is a form of physical therapy that involves a gentle but significant extension of muscles and connective tissues. Stretches are essential for increasing range of motion following injury or a period of inactivity, as the soft tissues tend to shorten and stiffen, reducing your ability to move freely.

Assisted Stretch Therapy is a guided method of personalized stretching administered by a highly trained certified therapist. The therapist takes you through a series of movements targeting individual muscles with a specific grouping. These movements are designed to help increase flexibility, improve range of motion, decrease pain and discomfort. The result is less tension which reduces inflammation and increases mobility allowing you to relax, perform and recover better.

Manual adjustments

Manual adjustments are manipulations Dr. Babcock makes to your musculoskeletal system to realign any structures that are out of position. Dr. Babcock is an expert in using osteopathy to make manual adjustments that ensure your joints and spine are working freely and in harmony.

Craniosacral therapy (CST)

CST is a very delicate form of physical therapy that uses light movements and holding techniques so gentle you can barely feel what’s happening. Your provider at Rehab Wellness manipulates your head to affect the flow of cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord. CST improves the circulation of cerebrospinal fluid and relieves pressure, helping to improve mental and physical functioning.

What else might my medical rehabilitation program include?

You might also benefit from a range of other therapies when undergoing medical rehabilitation. Occupational therapy, for example, can help you learn to adapt to any disability so you can still carry out normal daily activities like dressing, cooking, and washing.

You might find approaches such as TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), laser therapies, and hydrotherapy help with improving your mobility and reducing pain and other symptoms.

Psychological counseling and pain management training can be vital to the success of your medical rehabilitation, helping you overcome the mental challenges of living with disability and chronic pain.

Wherever possible, Dr. Babcock uses nonpharmaceutical approaches to medical rehabilitation that offer a more natural approach to wellness.

Medical rehabilitation is a complex process that requires expert coordination, and is a specialty of Rehab Wellness. Call today to find out more or book an appointment online.